----Source: The Clark Republican and Press Date: 12-20-1878
Greenwood, Dec. 14, 1878
Friend Hoffman: Thinking that a few words from our flourishing little village would not be out of place in your columns, I thought I would drop you a line and let you know how we all are getting along.
We are looking for snow, and if you should happen this way you will find us still looking until we get it. That’s just what’s the matter with us. I can not see what we have done we have done so much worse than Sheboygan or Milwaukee that they should get so much ahead of us. I know we are up to the times in almost everything else, as I see our friend Eaton setting up the cigars to the boys on a young seven pounder, and no questions asked as to gender.
Quite a number from here have gone into the woods and others are preparing. There will be quite an amount of logging done in this section if we get a favorable winter. Mesars. Bussell & Mooer have the finest outfit for logging we have seen. We believe they intend putting in four or five camps. Thompson & Root have also made a break for the woods, and will have in three or four camps. They are driving men, and the logs have to tumble when they get after them.
The general business of our town is looking up. And as good as could be expected. Every one seems to be busy. We have two blacksmith shops in town. Both have all they can do, and our friend George’s face will get black every day. He hardly gets time to say "how de do," but gives us the same old pleasant look and not and keeps right on pounding.
Elias Peterson, who was burned out recently, has built a nice little shop, and is now ready to peg your soles in good shape. We have also two wagon shops which are both busy. Mr. H. LeRoy, who is a late comer from Loyal and an experienced hand in the business, can not fail to suit those wishing work done in his line. B. F. Brown, who was the first mercantile trader that came to our town, has his store chuck full of new goods and is doing a good, safe business. Do not fail to call on Frank, as he is always glad to see you. Cross & Freeman are among the mercantile men, and are doing a good trade. A. S. Eston is one of the best hardware men in the northwest, and must have a heavy trade, as we see the tinware, stoves, &c., leaving his store daily. Dr. J. H. Thomas reports business good in his drug store, and has as fine a lot of holiday goods as was ever brought to town.
Our masquerade ball was a complete success, and a better time anyone could not ask for. Fifty-five couples attended. A. F. Robinson & Co. are whole souled chaps and know how to make a pleasant time.
A grave accident happened to George Pounder of this place, while at work at Durham’s camp, five or six miles north of here. He was chopping off a log near a standing tree, and axe touching the bark which turned the edge and landed it in George’s foot, nearly cutting it off. He was attended by Dr. Thomas, who reports a very severe cut, that will probably lay him up for the winter.
Our hotel changes hands o-day, Mr. DeBeque taking possession. He has the appearance of a good, stirring man, and, no doubt, will be a success.
One thing we are bound to have - and long needed - is a grist flouring mill. Mr. Duane Braves, from Loyal, is putting one in at Schofield & Weston’s Mill, and will be ready for business by the first of January. He has his feed run working now.
Those who went from here to attend the dedication of the new Hall of the I. O. O. F. and T. H. at Neillsville, report a good time. I was present at the I. O. O. F. and a better time could not have been had. There cannot be too much praise given to the ladies and gentlemen who provided for the gathering, and I will say in return that if we ever have an opportunity we, of Greenwood, will make it as pleasant to them as is in our power.
Those who attended church one week ago last night and heard the presiding elder, James Lawson, preach, say it was one of the most able sermons ever preached in this village. He handled his text in good shape and with credit. Our new preacher, Mr. Reeve, who will preach to us for the coming year, is very much liked by all those who have met him. We have heard him several times and believe he is sincere in what he says. He delivers his sermon with effect and from the Bible
There will be a Christmas-tree at the M. E. Church at this place Christmas eve. Come one, come all and do not forget the little ones.
Very Respectfully Paul Lightfoot
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